The nutritional, socio-economic and environmental impacts of insect production systems for food and animal feed in Kenya
Ms Afton Halloran
MSc Agricultural Development
University of Copenhagen
Afton Halloran graduated with honours from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. She specialized in sustainable food systems and rural development for her Bachelor of Science. Afton completed her Master of Science in Agricultural Development in 2012, where she researched the institutionalization and legitimization of urban agriculture in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Copenhagen, Denmark. Her interests are farmers organizations, food policy, sustainable diets, rural and urban development and sustainable food systems.
While insects have been a part of the traditional diet of some regions of Kenya, insect farming is a relatively new innovation. Understanding the role these production systems play in the local food system is essential in determining their overall sustainability. This research will be carried out by drawing from a combination of Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA), Consequential Life Cycle Assessment (CLCA) and linear programming methods. The objective of this project is to obtain a more systemic understanding of insect production systems and the relevant actors in their value chain. Moreover, this project will seek to holistically integrate nutrition indicators into Life Cycle Assessment methodologies. Research will also be carried out in Northeastern Thailand.
Associate Professor Nanna Roos and Associate Professor Sander Bruun